Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mr Peter Pike Mr Peter Pike Labour, Burnley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average level of farm income for farmers in Burnley was in the past five years.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Due to the small number of farms in Burnley, there is no robust data available on farm incomes for farmers in that area over the last five years. Net farm income for farms in the EU North Region and for England over the last five years are show in the following table.

Net farm income
EU North Region England
1998–99 8,272 10,359
1999–2000 8,659 7,981
2000–01 12,456 9,886
2001–02 16,457 13,558
2002–03 18,512 16,435


Farm Business Survey

Net farm income is the return to the principal farmer and spouse for their manual and managerial labour and to the tenant-type capital of the business.

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